Alaska Railroad Freight Shed

Project: Alaska Railroad – Freight Shed/Depot Location: Anchorage, Alaska Type:Commercial

As part of an Architectural Services Term Agreement with the Alaska Railroad Corporation, ECI/Hyer was called upon to review the existing historical railroad freight shed located east of the historical depot near Ship Creek in downtown Anchorage. The 36,000 SF facility has been in severe disarray and has suffered from neglect for years. ECI/Hyer provided in-depth code analysis through schematic design services and is now providing construction administration. The scope of the project is to renovate the existing facility to incorporate business offices, such as Kaladi Brothers retail and cafe, and other spaces that are yet to be determined. The facility is unique for Anchorage—it will be the continuation of the revitalization of the industrial Ship Creek area, but also, it is one of the first historic buildings in Anchorage to be completely renovated for re-use. The space itself is also unusual; it is oblong due to its original use and offers many garage door-style openings which are being replaced by storefront. All of which open onto a new plinth that serves dual duties as front porch and circulation spine. This project has attained LEED-Certification.